LYNN PASQUERELLA: The Value of a Liberal Arts Education, 7:30 PM, Friday, Sept. 23rd Salisbury School

Does a liberal arts education obtained at great expense prepare students for today's job market? Lynn Pasquerella, Ph.D. says that a discipline fostering critical-thinking, writing and arguing skills is necessary in a rapidly changing, globally interdependent world where the jobs of the future have not yet been invented.

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RALPH NADAR: Housatonic Valley Regional High School, 7:30 PM, March 4, 2016

This is the 50th anniversary of Ralph Nader’s Unsafe At Any Speed a book that launched the modern consumer movement. It took only five months for Congress to pass and President Johnson to sign into law the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission. According to the Center for Auto safety NHTSA’s design standards, recalls, and general auto-safety-related measures would reduce the rate of deaths per mile driven by nearly 80 percent.

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DAVID DEFERRANTI: Up From Poverty: Can Africa Catch Up To Asia, HVRHS, Feb. 27, 2015, 7:30PM

“We are living in a time when people are climbing out of poverty in greater numbers and at a faster rate than at any other time in human history, bar none. And despite how much more there remains to do,” says David DeFerranti, “progress in health, education, etc. is actually stunningly rapid.”

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AMY CHUA: The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups In America, Salisbury Congregational Church, Nov. 14, 2014, 7:30PM

Amy Chua, author of her 2011 comic memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, and her husband Jed Rubenfeld will discuss their new book The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explains the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America. In her memoir, Chua chronicled her iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, the Chinese way — and the remarkable, sometimes heartbreaking results her choice inspired. Achingly honest and profoundly challenging, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is one of the most talked about books of our times.

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CIVIC LIFE PROJECT: From Students To Citizens, June 7, 2013, 7:30PM Housatonic Valley Regional High School

From Students to Citizens:
We will be showing four short documentary films about our communities. They were created this year by area high school students to examine and address some of the urgent issues of our time. Some of the film makers will be on hand to discuss their projects.

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SHEENA IYENGAR: The Art of Choosing, The Hotchkiss School, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 7:30PM

Chaos reigns. Confusion abounds. Information overload how can I cope? It isn’t the theme of a new Woody Allen movie. It is the real life world in which we all have to make choices about what we buy, how we dress and what information we really need to know. It is also the specialty of our next Forum speaker and author of The Art of Choosing.

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ANTHONY T. KRONMAN: The Humanities In The Age of Disenchantment, December 2, 2011, 7:30PM, Seifert Theater, Salisbury School, Salisbury, CT

Anthony T. Kronman, J.D., Ph.D., Author, Sterling Professor of Law (Yale Law School) Visiting Global Professor (NYU) Teacher in the Directed Studies Program (Yale).

Why are we here? Anthony Kronman says our colleges and universities are ignoring life’s biggest questions and we all pay the price. Students today find an academic environment richer than any have known before. They will find courses devoted to every question under the sun. But the questions that are missing deal with the meaning of life, what one should care about and why and what living is for.

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PETER OSNOS: Good Books; Quality News: Publishing and Journalism in the Digital Age, Friday, June 4, 2010 7:30 PM at The Hotchkiss School

Peter Osnos, Founder of Public Affairs Books and Vice-Chairman of Columbia Journalism Review, draws on decades of experience as a correspondent, editor, publisher and entrepreneur to survey the ways the internet and mobile reading devices are influencing, for better and for worse, the information we receive.

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